Italy is not the setting you would associate with the blood and guts of boxing yet the country of love produced the likes of Arturo Gatti, Vito Antuofermo, Primo Carnera and the latest Italian hope is Guido Vianello.
Vianello competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio at super heavyweight where he finished in joint ninth position behind the likes of Efe Ajagba and medalists, Filip Hrgovic, Joe Joyce and Tony Yoka.
‘The Gladiator’ quickly shot to prominence after seven victories all coming inside the scheduled distance.
Guided by Top Rank, Vianello made his professional debut on the undercard to Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza.
The 27-year-old was last in the squared circle in October, 2020, where he stepped up to face the ferocious Kingsley Ibeh. The pair shared the battleground for six rounds and could not be split by the judging panel as the result was a majority draw.
Vianello returns this weekend, June 19, on the undercard to Naoya Inoue vs Michael Dasmarinas at the Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, USA.
In the opposite corner Saturday night will be the 6’3″, Dante Stone who since losing his debut has won five on the trot, including two first round stoppages in his last two bouts.
The Italian should prove to be far superior over his opposition.
Vianello trains out of Las Vegas and has shared many rounds with theOlympic Silver medalist, Joe Joyce. The pair share the same managerial company, S-JAM Boxing, who have been integral in getting the right fights for their stable.
Guido has spent the last few years as a sparring partner to the WBC and Lineal heavyweight world champion, Tyson Fury, also featuring on two of his undercards.
— Guido Vianello (@vianello_guido) May 28, 2019
With the guidance of Top Rank and S-JAM boxing, the gym experiences with Joe Joyce and Tyson Fury the future is certainly very promising for Vianello.
Guido Vianello will hope to revive the sport in Italy and one day may bring boxing home to face another gladiator in their very own Coliseum.